Beauty and the Billionaire
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Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley/Penguin Reprint edition (July 16, 2013)
Publication Date: July 16, 2013
Audio Book provided by Tantor Audio for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own unless otherwise noted.
Real-estate tycoon Hunter Buchanan has a dark past that’s left him scarred and living as a recluse on his family’s palatial estate. Hunter is ready to give up on love—until he spots an enigmatic red-haired beauty and comes up with an elaborate scheme to meet her.
Gretchen Petty is in need of a paycheck—and a change. So when a job opportunity in an upstate New York mansion pops up she accepts. And while she can overlook the oddities of her new job, she can’t ignore her new boss’s delectable body—or his barely leashed temper.
Hunter’s afraid his plan might be unraveling before it’s truly begun, but Gretchen is about to show him that life can be full of surprises…
Physically scarred and emotionally stunted, Hunter is a beast in his heart and mind. Like the beast in the fairy tale Hunter has been cursed. He is damaged due to a horrible incident in his past, but the more damaging curse is how he sees himself. Other than the friends in the Billionaires club and his staff he doesn’t mingle.
Enter Gretchen, a writer who would rather be a cook (and that’s a switch!).
I enjoyed several aspects of this modern, and series altered, retelling of Beauty and the Beast:
I liked was how Gretchen turns the tables on Hunter without even knowing his plan.
Also, while the retelling aspect is obvious due to the title and Hunter’s reclusive nature, this classic fairy tale is retold without the feeling I had been hit in the head repeatedly with a big foam finger that said – HEY! look this is a fairytale!!! Look!
On the other hand, since it is a fairy tale retelling in the HEA genre of contemporary romance, you know pretty much how the story is going to progress.
Clare spends a good deal of time setting up the romance, but the couple’s hook ups are much like the others in the series: there’s nothing too kinky, just lots of sex in interesting locations. The language is not as crude as I have found it in the later books in the series.
The characters are fairly well developed, with personality conflicts, vulnerabilities, pets, and hobbies. Hunter is really into breeding roses, which as I think of it now, is another link to the B & B story. Roses are something beautiful with thorns, but they do not judge. There are no ugly roses.
Jillian did a good job narrating the story, especially Gretchen’s voice. But, I did not like how malevolent Hunter’s voice was. Jillian also uses a sing song style that can’t get tiresome.
As only the second book in the series, this one doesn’t display the series fatigue later volumes might. I found the story enchanting and wish I had read/listened to the stories in order, but it is not absolutely necessary; they are fun out of order as well.
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